Barcelona Reportedly Scouting Ecuadorian Winger Gonzalo Plata

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2018

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Barcelona have reportedly sent scouts to watch 18-year-old Gonzalo Plata play for Ecuador's Independiente del Valle.

According to Sport (h/t AS), the Catalan giants are yet to make a formal offer for the winger but are keeping tabs on him. The youngster's agent, Manuel Sierra, said a number of clubs are interested:

"They have asked me about Plata. Clubs want to know what the situation is with Independiente. Because of his qualities as a footballer, he could complete his training in Europe. There's nothing concrete. I would be excited for him to go to Barcelona."

Plata himself added: "There are rumours. The possibility of going to Barcelona is being talked about. There was a scout from the club who saw me play, and he liked my game."

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The 2018 Ecuadorian Serie season is nearing its close. Since the second stage began back in July, Plata has played nine of Independiente's 21 games, netting one goal and providing one assist from the left wing.

According to Sport's report (h/t AS), Barca are yet to be completely sold on Plata, as they are concerned about his "erratic nature" and "unpredictable temperament."

They are also not necessarily in dire need of a new winger; however, if they did sign the youngster, it's likely he would be given time to develop.

Meanwhile, there has already been talk about summer signing Malcom wanting to depart the club, per Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato). And Denis Suarez recently admitted he is not happy, per beIN Sports (h/t Sport).

Barca could soon find themselves in a position where they need more attacking depth.